Thursday we made the one hour drive up to Asheville and the Biltmore Estate to see the spring flowers. We weren’t disappointed. It was an absolutely perfect weather day. You can see a photo gallery with 36 photos at https://picasaweb.google.com/fchoban/Biltmore411?authkey=Gv1sRgCK7J56Xenc79Hg&feat=directlink
These wild turkeys greeted and showed off for us as we drove in.
A beautiful view of the mountains.
Last year we went April 15 and the azaleas weren’t blooming yet. This year we should have gone a week earlier because about 2/3 of them had already bloomed but as you can see there were still plenty to look at. The azeala garden is all in a wooded setting and is about 3 blocks wide and a half mile long. A BIG garden.
After we walked the gardens we went to Biltmore Antler Hill to Cedric’s restaurant for lunch. It is named for the Vanderbilts St. Bernard dog. They have the best pickles in the world that they bring as an appetizer. We ate outside.
After that we toured a little museum about the family and gasped at the dishes and menu for the usual 7 course meals! There are also three splendid stained glass windows in this exhibit, a prelude to the Tiffany lamp exhibit coming soon.
Next was the farm where they have many pieces of antique farm machinery. My dad would have loved that. The farm was having a semi annual program for home schooled children. There were about 15 interactive exhibits from about a dozen countries. For example in Egypt they made paper, origami in Japan, making a crown and having a tea party in England, ballet dances from Russia. There was a blacksmith giving a demonstration and of course Bob’s favorite – someone turning a top on a lathe. Where was all this fantastic, interesting schooling when I was a kid?
The next stop was the petting zoo where I got to watch and play with baby goats, sheep, bunnies and chickens. The little goats, only 2 weeks old, were so funny. They are very clumsey at that age and into everything. I watched one of them jump on a narrow ledge and fall in a bucket of water. You can see the bucket in my photos. Another one hopped sideways across the barn stall. They weren’t much bigger than Smoky are cat. The little boy goats at two weeks have already figured out they are little boys and are quite interested in the girl goats, if you get my meaning! You can see their photos at the link at the top of the page.
We had a wonderful day and are looking forward to going back in October to see the Tiffany stained glass lamp exhibit. We will probably check out the winery again on that visit. I also picked up a brochure for the Asheville Trolley tour which is another activity on our list of things to do.